Cornish Game Hens with Orange Sauce Recipe

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Cornish Game Hens with Orange Sauce Recipe

A sweet stuffing mix with lemon and orange compliments the slow-cooked game hens.

How To Make Cornish Game Hens with Orange Sauce

Slow-cooked Cornish Game Hens ensures juicy and tender meat as the orange sauce infuses in the dish. With that, each bite comes with a citrusy, orange flavor with a hint of tang from the lemon juice. The flavorful dish adds a twist to a classic slow-cooked chicken!

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 7 hrs
Total: 7 hrs 15 mins
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  • 4 cornish game hens, rinsed and patted dry
  • 8 oz stuffing mix
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 orange, large and cut up
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 ½ tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp orange peel, grated


  1. Grab the cornish game hens and sprinkle inside and out with salt and pepper.

  2. Prepare stuffing mix according to package directions.
  3. Spoon into hens and truss.

  4. In a slow cooker, arrange hens on a rack. If the slow cooker is small, place hens by neck ends down.

  5. Combine the chicken stock, orange slices, orange zest, orange juice, vegetable oil, honey, and lemon juice in a bowl.

  6. Baste hens with some of the sauce and pour the remaining mixture in the pot.

  7. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 7 hours. Baste hens once or twice during cooking.

  8. Spoon sauce over hens at serving time and bite onto the juicy Cornish Game Hens with Orange Sauce!

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